In light of ahealthymedium reaching 100 mixes worth of Blues & Beats, I figured it was time for a giveaway. Seeing as the primary focus of this blog is music, headphones are deemed an appropriate prize. As most of the online giveaway widgets were giving me trouble, we’ll keep this pretty simple. Think of a digital name draw from a hat, only your name can be entered multiple times and I will use an only randomizer to pick the winner.
It’s been awhile since I threw one of these together. Whenever something I come across online catches my eye, I keep the photo. I noticed the folder is beginning to overflow, so here we go with a little visual inspiration. Enjoy
I’m managed to find my way back home after 5 weeks of galloping around Southeast Asia. In comparison to the more travelled North America (at least in my case), Asia is a new world, in so many ways. The culture shock was of the most genuine kind, as long as you’re willing. You can see the western influences everywhere you go, it’s inevitable, but the goal was to seek out the original, the soul, the heart that pumps blood through the country. I can safely say I saw, ate, and tried a vast amount of new things. Taking a stab at the unknown on multiple levels is an experience all in itself – I highly recommend it, wherever you are. The trip began in Vietnam and ended in Bali, with a Thailand stint in between. A couple 16 hour flights, a 12 hour bus ride, multiple full-day tours, a handful of shorter flights and a whole lot of time spent in airports makes for writing opportunities. Was it a coincidence that numerous review-worthy albums were released during my trip – who knows. Regardless, I strung together three or four solid reviews, all of which were written in previously unvisited environments. The plan is finalize and drop the reviews next week and piece together a monstrous Blues & Beats. But for now, i’ll post a selective batch of photographs from the trip and jot down some highlights – take a peak and feel free to leave comments or ask questions.
To my avid AHM readers, I say goodbye for now, and we’ll catch up in five weeks time. A graduation gift to myself includes a trek to Southeast Asia. So while I search for the freshest fruit and clearest water, music will be on my mind, it’s inevitable, but I prefer a slight disconnected from technology. The only downside of being the sole owner and creator of a blog, is when you cannot write, the slate goes blank. So bear with me, I will be back with more culture, many photos, and hopefully some incredibly stories.
One year ago today, I began ahealthymedium as a school project. A couple good ideas, 46 Blues & Beats, and 50,000 views later, I’m still going strong. I just wanted to take this post to thank all of you. Whether you’re an avid reader or check in once in awhile. I appreciate the well thought out comments, the advice, the encouragement and those spreading the word. My goal is to not only continue on with what i’ve built, but to expand and create fresh ideas. This is my passion, and it’s incredibly humbling to have this kind of support.
This was the second time i’ve ventured over to the Big Apple. The first time, was in the middle of February, where the temperature differed slightly from the end of August. This time around, the days ranged between 30-35 degrees (Celsius). You often feel forced into doing “touristy” things when it’s your first time in a city full chock-full of excitement. Being that it was my second time there, I felt more submerged in the city, and found myself just wandering around enjoying my time as if I was a resident. So here are some photos from the trip, it was my first time taking the Sony NEX-5N out for a spin.
Photographs hold immense amounts of power and inspiration. Once in awhile i’ll pass by a photo, take a second glance and eventually find myself staring. So here are a few photos that have found their way on to my hard drive and into my brain. Enjoy
The Google Doodle honoured Robert Moog today, who passed away in 2005. He was the founder and extraordinary mind behind the Moog synthesizer.
Adam Nathaniel Yauch (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)
One of the founding members of the Beastie Boys in 1979.
Founder of Oscilloscope Laboratories, a recording studio and a independent film production and distribution company.
The Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million records worldwide.
April 2012, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2009, he was diagnosed and treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node.
Russell Simmons said, “was incredibly sweet and the most sensitive artist, who I loved dearly.”
During a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on May 4th, just hours after Yauch’s passing, Coldplay performed an acoustic piano-based version of the iconic single “Fight For Your Right.” It might give you chills.
Rest In Peace
2012’s Wealthiest In Hip-Hop have been named via Forbes Five. The list gets published every Spring ranking the top five moguls in Hip-Hop by net worth. Forbes also has another list “Cash Kings” which ranks on annual earnings.